Holiways Mechanic Neil Bell said:
""I just had to quickly make some phone calls and just think about what I have to do for my family and try and get on with it as best as I can. It's horrible, I mean, I've come back to this. What more can you say; it's horrible."
Mr Bell's comments came after an announcement that car dealership Holiways has gone into administration and most of the company's 81 staff are set to be made redundant.
The new and used car dealer - which had sites in Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland - had suffered a drop in trade as a result of reduced consumer spending.
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